Listed in this article are important links to photographers rights guides, detailing what they can and can’t photograph, rights at a police scene, and so on. There are some links to online question and answer sessions where your questions will be answered by highly qualified specialists in Intellectual Property Law, note however they are not a substitute for full legal advice.
Australian street photography legal issues is a guide published by Andrew Nemeth BSc (Hons) LLB specifically for Austrailan photographers, and can be read here .
EPUK, the mailing list and website for professional editorial photographers, has launched Copyright Action, a website community and educational resource that aims push back and hold greed and selfishness to account.
This is an excellent website by an organisation committed to actively fighting against all abuses of photographers rights. In it you will find good advice about protecting your copyright and details of companies indulging in practices with regard to copyright & moral rights that they would not wish you to know about. Check out these reports and be aware of the perils of submitting images to some organisations.
Pro-Imaging and Copyright Action support each others aims and share information about abuses of photographers rights.
Legal Advice – Linda MacPherson
Linda Macpherson LL.B, Dip.L.P., LL.M. specialises in Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Media Law, and lectures in law at Heriot Watt Uiversity. Linda operates a question and answer service at the address here Note that the extremely useful advice given by Linda is not a substitute for full legal advice. If you need full legal advice then you MUST consult a lawyer.
OP©P Organisation for Photographers Copyright Protection
OP©P is a non profit, voluntary organisation with the aim of getting UK photographers to join and reduce copyright abuse. This is another organisation committed to fighting copyright abuse. It is particularly important to understand the effects of copyright abuse when you are starting off your career so OP©P is mainly aimed at new photographers, although the information contained on this excellent website may be useful to any photographer, amateur or professional, new or old.
Pro-Imaging and OP©P support each others aims and share information about abuses of photographers rights.
Own-it Intellectual Property Advice For Creative Businesses
Own-it, Intellectual Property Advice Service, provides free advice, resources and events on intellectual property for London’s creative businesses, including copyright, design rights, trade marks, patents, branding, licensing, royalties and contracts. Membership is free and members can attend events, access event podcasts, templates of legal contracts, free legal advice and book free 1 to 1 IP advice sessions with lawyers.
LCC, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB
Note that Own-it have a physical presence in London and the North, but service all of the UK (and overseas) via their web based services.
The UK Photographers Rights Guide is written by Linda Macpherson LL.B, Dip.L.P., LL.M. She specialises in Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Media Law, and lectures in law at Heriot Watt University.
The guide is a 2 page PDF, summarising the current law in the United Kingdom of particular interest to photographers. The guide is presented as is, and must not be read as a definitive statement of the law in any given situation.
The guide can be downloaded here.
We are advised by Linda Macpherson that a new guide will be written and Pro-Imaging will update our links when that happens.
The USA Photographers Rights Guide is published by Bert P. Krages II, Attorney at Law, and can be downloaded as a PDF here.